Fans mourn Jackson
Michael Jackson fans gathered in Taipei yesterday to imitate their late hero＊s dance moves and watch his performances as tributes to the US pop legend. Jackson, who died on June 25 in Los Angeles, enjoyed a huge following in Asia. About 200 fans held a memorial in Taipei where impersonators performed on a stage adorned with his photos. Many sobbed as they watched videos of Jackson＊s concerts. ※I paid tribute to him with my dance,§ said Kao Sha-ming, 30, wiping tears after he mimicked Jackson＊s moves in a red T-shirt and a black jacket. Kim Lin, 32, said she was picked to dance with Jackson when he performed in Taiwan in 1996. She said she screamed for 20 minutes after hearing about his death. ※My god of music just died. It was too hard to accept that because I was so close to him on the stage,§ she said.
Chinese delegation arrives
A Chinese delegation that will survey Taiwan＊s fruit market in preparation for an October visit by an official procurement group f arrived yesterday, officials with the semi-〝official Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said. The nine-〝member delegation is headed by China Fruits Marketing Association vice chairman Fu Xiuquan (媸滼藾), and is composed of experts and officials from Liaoning, Hebei, Jiangsu and Guangxi provinces. The China Fruits Marketing Association is the largest trade organization in China＊s fruit sector. Although TAITRA said it remains unclear how much the procurement group intends to buy, it will be primarily interested in fall and winter fruit, such as oranges, grapefruit, pineapples and sugar apples.
Officers to attend US show
The air force will send a team of five to six officers to observe for the first time an air drill to be conducted by the US Air Force. Yin Shih-hsien (蹁蒢緕), an Air Force public affairs officer, said the Rodeo Airlift Competition would be staged by the US Air Force＊s Air Mobility Command at McChord Air Force Base in Washington state between July 19 and July 25. The drill, which was first staged in 1956 and features aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation of troops and air drops, will give the air force a chance to expand its experience in these fields, Yin said. Taiwan is one of more than 27 partner nations invited by the US to observe the competition.
US man fined for abuse
An US passport holder of Chinese descent was fined US$500 for cursing at an immigration officer at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport late last month, government sources said yesterday. The Chinese-American unleashed a two-minute volley of expletives when he was asked to fill out his ED (entry and departure) card in detail after his arrival at the airport on June 25, officials with the National Immigration Agency said. The agency reported the case to aviation police, who transferred it to the Taoyuan Prosecutors Office. On June 26, Taoyuan District Court ruled that the Chinese-American man should pay a fine of US$500 for his abusive tirade. The immigration agency said it would hold a meeting later to decide whether to blacklist him as a persona non-grata.